The Theater: New Plays on Broadway, Mar. 23, 1959

Sweet Bird of Youth (by Tennessee Williams) is very close to parody, but the wonder is that Williams should be so inept at imitating himself. The sex violence, the perfumed decay, the hacking domestic quarrels, the dirge of fear and self-pity, the characters who dangle in neurotic limbo—all are present—but only like so many dramatic dead cats on a cold tin roof.

In essence, Bird copies Cat. This time, the heroine is not a childless young wife, but a fading movie queen, Ariadne de Lago (Geraldine Page). The ineffectual young man, Chance Wayne (Paul...

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